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Wednesday’s Mashup: NFL moves Mexico City Chiefs-Rams game to Los Angeles after players threaten to sit it out over poor field conditions

Lucy Burdge
November 14, 2018 - 7:30 am

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NBA: Chicago at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSB)
NBA: New Orleans at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Portland at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: St. Louis at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Boston at Colorado, 10 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Anaheim at Vegas, 10:30 p.m. (NBCS)


-- The NFL has agreed to move this year’s Mexico City Monday Night Football game between the Chiefs and Rams to Los Angeles after players considered not playing because of the poor field conditions at Estadio Azteca.

According to Adam Schefter, players threatened to sit out the game if it was not moved because of the injury risk posed by the field.

“If Monday night’s game is played in Mexico City, a number of Rams and Chiefs players are now strongly considering not playing in that game on that messy surface, per sources. 'It’s not fair to risk our health,' one prominent player said today,” Schefter tweeted on Tuesday.

The NFL then announced on Tuesday the game will be moved to Los Angeles.

"We have worked extensively with our partners at Estadio Azteca for months in preparation for this game," Mark Waller, NFL executive vice president of international, said in a statement. "Until very recently, we had no major concerns. But, the combination of a difficult rainy season and a heavy multi-event calendar of events at the stadium have resulted in significant damage to the field that presents unnecessary risks to player safety and makes it unsuitable to host an NFL game. As a result, we have determined that moving the game is the right decision, and one that we needed to announce now in order to allow our teams and fans to make alternate arrangements."

Rams safety John Johnson also tweeted this:

The refund policy for the game in Mexico City is expected to be announced by the NFL in the next few days.

Both teams will still wear their “Color Rush” uniforms, so there's that at least. 

-- Former Red Sox player and current Phillies manager Gabe Kapler has lost his Malibu home in the deadly wildfires destroying towns in Southern California.

His family is safe and he said he wants to raise awareness of the fires for those who need help.

"Keep talking about it," Kapler, who is in Philadelphia, said. "When you're out in your community, talk about it with other people. Use it as a way to come together. I sent this text message back to people: Talk about it. Shine light on it. Raise awareness. Feel it. That's my main point for other people. We're good. Our family is good. There are a lot of other families who are not."

Kapler’s ex-wife and two sons were living in the Malibu home but evacuated safely.

"It's crazy to me," Kapler said. "All of it … Everything is replaceable. There's nothing ... it's all just stuff. A home was stuff. To so many people, that home is their shelter and their safe haven. But everything we lost is replaceable. Our family is going to be fine. The love and support is incredible."

As of Tuesday, at least 435 buildings had burned from the Woolsey Fire, which destroyed Kapler’s home.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I think at this time of year rest is always a good thing. Also, practice timing and I’d say attention to fundamentals and details that sometimes get minimized a little bit when you’re doing heavy game planning and trying to handle weekly teams that have very challenging schemes and systems. It’s a balance between rest and improved fundamentals, improved execution in the things that we need to do better.” -- Bill Belichick, on the timing of the Patriots’ bye week this week